Daniel Kay Jones, 75, went to his heavenly home on May 25, 2022.
Daniel, Dan or Dannie as most knew him, was born in Wilkesboro on Oct. 30, 1946, to the late Norris Elmo Jones and Lillian Flenor Jones. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his aunt, Annabell Flenor; and his first wife, Shirley Jean Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Anderson; brother Ron Jones and his wife, Glenna; a daughter, Star and her husband, Chris Bynum; granddaughters, Elizabeth, Danielle and Summer; great-grandson, Kayden; three stepchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 16 step-great grandchildren.
Dan’s parents owned and operated the Wilkes Laundry and Dry Cleaning on Main Street, which he spoke fondly of in telling childhood memories. After high school Dan played football for the Citadel, became a firefighter and even joined the military to serve his country. He eventually settled in Raleigh, where he found a passion for teaching and counseling for Wake County Public Schools. He aimed to always advocate for each one of his students. He believed in them, pushed them to become the best versions of themselves and felt his success was measured by their success in life.
Dan was all about his family and loved them deeply. He was a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather and a true friend. He was a songwriter, guitar player and lover of bluegrass music. In his younger days, he was even a traveler, from going to bluegrass festivals to once driving across the country. All who knew him knew he was a great listener and advice giver and the first person to be there if you were in need. He was a warm hello with a kind word to all he came in contact with and left each person he talked to with a reason to smile.
He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and to enjoy a special activity or outing with your family in the memory of Dan.